Korona Large Format View Cameras

Gundlach Korona View 8x10 CameraGundlach Korona View 8x10 Camera

Photo By David Baures

Korona Version 1 1900 to 1903

Date Introduced: 1900 ; Years Manufactured: c. 1900-1903
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion  (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; reversing by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany body, cherry base, black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 6 ½x8 ½;8x10
Notes: To paraphrase George Eastman, people like names with k's in them.  Korona was used for two different view cameras and a host of leather-covered hand cameras.  The back of the camera has been painted black.  The camera is not present in the 1899 Korona catalog (in fact, no view cameras are), and the preface to the 1900 catalog states that two styles of view camera are offered for the first time.

References:
Korona Cameras, Lenses, Photographic Goods, Gundlach Optical Co. (Rochester, NY) Catalog, 1900, pp. 20
Catalogue of Photographic Sundries, Jas. H. Smith & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog, July 1 1901, p. 22
Korona Camera, Gundlach Optical Co. (Rochester, NY) Catalog, 1901, p. 24
Photographic Encyclopedia, Andrew J. Lloyd & Co. (Boston, MA), 1901, p. 107
Catalogue No. IIII of Professional and Amateur Photographer's Supplies, Wm. F. Uhlman (St. Joseph, MO), c.1901, p. 39
Korona Cameras, Gundlach Optical Co. (Rochester, NY) Catalog, 1902, p. 21
1903 Koronas, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co., (Rochester, NY) Catalog, 1903, p. 41

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Ref # 5 - 1899 Catalog


Korona Version 2 1909 - 1930's

May 1920 Catalog

Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1909-1930's
Construction: front and rear focus via rack and pinion  (two gear tracks on top of base rails); double swing; reversing by removable back; three-piece lens board
Materials: walnut-stained cherry body, cherry base, black leatherette bellows (leather optional); nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 4x5; 5x7; 6 ½x8 ½;8x10; 7x11; 11x14 (3 ½x5 ½ back available)
Notes: same basic design as the Eastman View #1Eastman View #2, and Eastman #2d - that is, front and back focus with front track folding and back track removable for short focus lenses.

References:
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1, 1909, no page number (would be 22-23)
Cameras and Photo Supplies, Catalog H, Northern Photo Supply Co. (Fargo, ND), c. 1910, p. 26
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1911
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. Catalog, July 1 1912, pp. 23-24
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1914
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1915, pp. 19-20
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), Jan. 1, 1918, pp. 15-16
A Thousand and One Camera Bargains, Catalog 1919-20, Bass Camera Co., 1919, stapled insert
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. Catalog, May 1, 1920, pp. 12-13
Catalogue No. 10 and Bargain Book No. 11 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories, 1920-1921; Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1920, p.28
Willoughby Photographic Supplies #S-936, Willoughby Photo Emporium (New York, NY); c.1920, p.4
Photographic Lenses and Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. Catalog #22, c. 1922, pp. 37-39
Photographic Lenses and Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. Catalog No. 25, 1925, pp. 38-39
Catalogue No. 27 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1925-1926, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1925, p. 56
Catalogue No. 31 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1926-1927, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1926, p. 66
Photographic Equipment Apparatus and Supplies, Catalogue No. 18, Norman-Willets Photo Supply, Inc. (Chicago, IL); c.1925, p. 4
Studio and Kodak Finishing Equipment Catalog, Z.T. Briggs Photo Supply Co. (Kansas City, MO, c. 1927, p. 63 (as the Brigg's Big Value Complete View Outfit)
Korona Cameras, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1930
Photographic Supplies, Burke & James, Inc. (Chicago), Catalog #250, 1931, p. 26 (As The Rexo View Camera)
Photographic Materials, Mail Order Catalog No. 131, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), April 1931, p. 33
Cameras - Lenses - Equipment, Catalog No. 32, Gundlach Manufacturing Corporation (Rochester, NY), c. 1932, p. 28-29
Catalogue No. 42 of Cameras, Kodaks, Lenses and Photographic Accessories 1932-33, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1932, p. 40
Wholesale Photographic Supplies Catalog 270, Burke & James, Inc. (Chicago, IL), copyright 1933, p. 24 (as Rexo View Camera)
Catalog, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1935, p. 18
Central's Photographic Almanac for 1936, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), 1936, p. 19
Bargain Catalog No. 75, Central Camera Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1934, p. 19